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icon1.gif  Matthew 5:5 (clarity added) [message #787793] Tue, 08 October 2013 19:23 Go to next message
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Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.


What does this mean to you??

[Updated on: Thu, 10 October 2013 12:36]


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Re: Matthew 5:5 [message #787866 is a reply to message #787793 ] Thu, 10 October 2013 12:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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No takers huh? Smile

I have been thinking of this verse in a specific way. As in His Kingdom will be composed of the "meek" - it will be strong through the meek rather than through power, might and force. Any thoughts?

Part of this stems from my reading various Christian movements that seem to be political/religious in their thinking - some even talking military in what they consider "God's plan".

Jesus made a huge point of *not* using the sword to build the church. Am I wrong?


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Re: Matthew 5:5 [message #787871 is a reply to message #787866 ] Thu, 10 October 2013 13:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Janice, I've not given too terribly much thought to this, but I think you're right.

This is probably tangential to what you're thinking about, but I have a degree political science, and have been fairly active in political issues for a number of years. I absolutely believe that God puts citizens in countries with the understanding that they will be working within the parameters of their countries' political structures. Therefore, I believe that as Americans, we have not only the right, but the responsibility to vote, and so forth.

But it is important to remember that this is not our home, and while we clearly *have* American citizenship, we are "just passing through," and our true citizenship is in heaven.

I believe that if politics were the way to go, Jesus would have been more responsive to the Jewish call to be king and overthrow the emperor.

I believe that nations and geo-political divisions are a part of God's plan....but not His ultimate plan. Salvation, bringing us into Christlikeness and fitting us for heaven (as the song says) are more important, are, in fact THE most important thing.

And....I don't think we win folks to Christ through politics, but through sharing the gospel.

I have NO idea if that's anything like what you're talking about, but that's what came to mind as I read your post.

[Updated on: Fri, 11 October 2013 04:20]


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: Matthew 5:5 [message #787885 is a reply to message #787871 ] Thu, 10 October 2013 19:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It's Janice and I will have to get back with you on this. Thanks for the response.


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Re: Matthew 5:5 [message #787902 is a reply to message #787885 ] Fri, 11 October 2013 04:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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~Janice wrote on Thu, 10 October 2013 19:29

It's Janice and I will have to get back with you on this. Thanks for the response.


Oops! Sorry! My mind was elsewhere. Sad Editing now!!!


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: Matthew 5:5 (clarity added) [message #788229 is a reply to message #787793 ] Thu, 17 October 2013 02:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Many years ago (back when I had a brain) I did study on meekness throughout the scriptures.

Moses was called the meekest man on the earth.
-he was raised to be a political leader
-he was wealthy
-he could be very forceful

Jesus came in meekness.
-he did not mince words when dealing with unbelievers
-he overturned the money changers' tables

I don't think meekness can mean simply poor or quiet and gentle.

When I was a young believer I visited a gal who lived on a horse ranch. She said that horses were trained and broken by being yoked to a 'meek horse'. She said the meek horse was one who took direction ABSOLUTELY from the master. She called it 'power under control'. Her dad had this one horse who was his meek horse. When he hooked up a team of horses, the reigns were always attached to this horse and the other horses were attached to him. They followed HIS lead as he followed the directions of the driver.

So, I'm wondering if this practical lesson can help in understanding Matthew 5? That the meek who inherit the earth will be those who, no matter what their personality type or style, completely and absolutely follow the Lord regardless of who they are around (tethered to).

Not sure, just wondering with you.


In His Joy and Grace,

Kate

Re: Matthew 5:5 (clarity added) [message #788234 is a reply to message #788229 ] Thu, 17 October 2013 03:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Kate, I don't know whether or not that is the "correct" understanding, but it makes a lot of sense, and I really like it.

And in human life, it makes sense. I've had my kids ask me, "Why can't I ___?" and my answer is "Because I can't yet trust you to obey me."

If the Father is looking for someone to inherit His kingdom (realizing that is a human construction...of course He already *knows* and isn't *looking*! Smile), who better than the ones whom He can trust to obey and run things on His terms?


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: Matthew 5:5 (clarity added) [message #788480 is a reply to message #788234 ] Mon, 21 October 2013 17:28 Go to previous message
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Kate, awesome response. Hadn't thought that route.... Thank you.


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